Orchard Grove is a stunning house nestled in lovely Braithwaite, just outside Keswick. It's a wonderfully comfortable cottage for a family or group to pass an indulgent stay in this northern part of the Lake District. Sleeping up to nine people in four spacious and well-appointed bedrooms it makes a marvellous jumping off point to explore this wonderful area. It has flexible accommodation with two luxurious ground floor bedrooms; ideal for those with more limited mobility while it also boasts TVs in the bedrooms and a huge basement games room for the family to spread out and have their own space. Braithwaite is surrounded by a dazzling array of fells which you can access on foot from the front door or just enjoy the view of from the house. Or why not invest in some wonderful locally reared meat and cook up a storm one chilly evening in your own bespoke barbecue hut? Decorated with sumptuous cushions and throws it is the most wonderful place to pass an evening chatting about your day's adventures.
The village of Braithwaite lies at the foot of the Newlands Valley, on the edge of Whinlatter Forest Park and close to the shores of Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake. It is perfectly situated for making the most of the fell walking in the area, indeed you can walk up Barrow, Causey Pike or Grisedale Pike straight from the cottage. There is also a wealth of easier strolling to be done. Not least a charming bridleway along Newlands Beck starting just over the road. Perfect for picnic and paddling days. The village itself boasts three pubs and a restaurant serving good food and local real ales, it also has a much-loved shop which is a hub for village life. For the foodies among you the highly-acclaimed Cottage in the Wood restaurant is just up the road. Whinlatter Forest is an absolute must for visitors with miles of cycling and walking tracks, an excellent cafe, imaginative playpark and a "Go-Ape" high ropes course where you can test your balance and head for heights on a series of exhilarating obstacles high up in the forest canopy.
If you would like to explore the wider area then Keswick lies just two miles away. It's a vibrant market town with independent shops, good pubs, restaurants and cafes. Keswick has its own Art Deco cinema and the award-winning Theatre by the Lake not to mention a huge choice of outdoor shops and adventure companies ready to take you out and test your wilder side! Why not explore picturesque Derwentwater either by stately launch or under your own steam in a kayak or rowing boat? To explore a quieter side of the lakes you could head over Newlands Pass to beautiful Buttermere and Crummock beyond. Tranquil and stunning, these crystal-clear lakes are a heaven for wild swimmers surrounded by yet more staggering mountain landscapes. So much to see and do on Orchard Grove's doorstep, and such a delightful welcoming place to start.